BEST HO­TELS

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A look at Ire­land’s top ac­com­mo­da­tion, from high­end lux­ury to bar­gain stays and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Whether you’re look­ing for a city stay or a coun­try re­treat, Ire­land has a wealth of top class ho­tels to choose from.

BEST FOR CITY BREAKS AB­SO­LUTE HO­TEL

Ab­so­lute Ho­tel is a bou­tique af­fair with a ca­sual style. A stay here puts you close to Lim­er­ick land­marks like King John’s Cas­tle, the Hunt Mu­seum and Thomond Park. The rooms are mod­ern with nods to­wards the coun­try, while Harry’s on the River on the rst oor serves re­gional pro­duce from lo­cal sup­pli­ers like Donie & Emer. An ex­cel­lent base for ex­plor­ing the Treaty City. BISHOP’S GATE

A stylish, el­e­gant bou­tique ho­tel in a charm­ing build­ing that was once a gentle­man’s club fre­quented by Wil­liam But­ler Yeats. Be­side the neo­clas­si­cal court­house and across the street from the Bishop of Derry’s for­mer res­i­dence, you’ll nd your­self close to the city walls and ve min­utes walk from the river­front and the Tower Mu­seum. Ac­co­mo­da­tion is across two grand town­houses, re­stored to main­tain pe­riod ttings. There’s 31 rooms in­clud­ing two pent­house suites. BROOKS HO­TEL

Brooks Ho­tel is a dis­tinc­tive, lux­ury fourstar bou­tique ho­tel in Dublin’s Cre­ative Quar­ter, a short walk from Grafton Street. En­joy mod­ern Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional cui­sine at Francesca’s restau­rant, a favourite of the crit­ics, where Head Chef Pat McLarnon serves dishes cre­ated from lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing fresh herbs from Brooks’ very own ‘Ur­ban Herb Gar­den’. Else­where, you can also visit Jas­mine Bar at Brooks, an award-win­ning Great Whiskey Bar of the World with over 130 dif­fer­ent types

of whiskey. Bed­rooms are well ap­pointed and spa­cious with quirky de­sign. For good mea­sure, the ho­tel also boasts a pri­vate cin­ema room and a tness cen­tre.

BUL­LITT HO­TEL

Want to stay some­where with all the ne­ces­si­ties, none of the non­sense and ex­tra com­fort? Look no fur­ther than the Belfast Bul­litt Ho­tel, named in honour of the clas­sic 1968 mob movie star­ring Steve McQueen. Strad­dling Vic­to­ria Street and Ann Street, the ho­tel has 74 rooms and three bars in­clud­ing an Espresso Bar. If you’re a foodie (who isn’t?) you can get a good grilling at Tay­lor & Clay, the in-house restau­rant, be­fore wash­ing it down with a Bul­litt beer in the Bul­litt Bar or head on up to the rooftop bar and gar­den, Ba­bel – a quirky spot for some se­ri­ously cool cus­tomers. Bul­litt of­fers a va­ri­ety of room choices, rang­ing from ‘Dinky’ over ‘Comfy’ to ‘Roomy’, cater­ing for both those trav­el­ling solo and those on a fam­ily city break.

CORK AIR­PORT HO­TEL

Only min­utes from Cork Air­port and just 15 min­utes away from the city cen­tre, Cork Air­port Ho­tel is one of the Rebel County’s nest, whether you’re trav­el­ling for busi­ness or plea­sure. When wait­ing for a ight, nonguests can book into the truly unique Cloud 9 Lounge, which features top-of-the-range leather chairs with built-in mu­sic, DVD and TV sys­tems.

IVEAGH GAR­DEN HO­TEL

This su­perb four-star ho­tel only opened a year ago and has al­ready made its mark on Ir­ish ho­tel in­no­va­tion. In try­ing to cre­ate the low­est car­bon foot­print pos­si­ble, it har­vests its en­ergy from tur­bines in a river that ows 50 me­tres below Har­court Street. In­te­ri­ors re ect the Ge­or­gian town­house char­ac­ter of the build­ing with clas­sic touches and lux­u­ri­ous ttings. One of the most in­de­mand lo­ca­tions in the coun­try!

TEN SQUARE

An ex­tra­or­di­nary bou­tique ho­tel lo­cated in the cen­tre of Belfast city’s shop­ping, busi­ness and cul­ture hub, Ten Square im­presses guests with its uber-stylish, eclec­tic look. Aes­thet­ics aside, this is the per­fect place to spend a busy city cen­tre break, and for a girlie get­away with an ir­re­sistibly de­li­cious Af­ter­noon Tea.

THE DAVEN­PORT

Sit­u­ated in a for­mer prayer hall from the 17th cen­tury, this four-star ho­tel is only a minute’s walk from the best of Ge­or­gian Dublin.

Aside from the top-notch ac­co­mo­da­tion, the mar­ble table restau­rant and the Daven­port bar area both of­fer ex­cel­lent food, bev­er­ages and af­ter­noon tea in rooms dec­o­rated with dark lux­u­ri­ous wood and el­e­gant fur­nish­ings. Mean­while, the cen­tral lo­ca­tion means you’re on the doorstep of some of Dublin’s top at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing Trin­ity Col­lege, the Na­tional Mu­seum of Ire­land and the Na­tional Gallery.

THE DEAN

Part of a new wave of am­bi­tious Dublin ho­tels in­spired by in­ter­na­tional ex­cel­lence, the bou­tique Dean Ho­tel on Har­court

Street spe­cialises in quirky de­sign and a fashionabl­e vibe. A stay here puts you close to some of the city’s liveli­est venues and most pop­u­lar bars and restau­rants. Grab a drink in the lobby bar or take in views of the sky­line from So­phie’s, the rooftop glasshouse restau­rant.

THE IM­PE­RIAL HO­TEL

Boast­ing a very Ir­ish el­e­gance, The Im­pe­rial has ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties and an en­vi­able city cen­tre lo­ca­tion. Sit­ting on one of Cork’s old­est and most pic­turesque streets, you’ll nd the Opera House and Crawford Art Gallery close by. Pre­vi­ous guests have in­cluded Charles Dick­ens and Sir Wal­ter Scott. Michael Collins spent his nal night at the ho­tel and his por­trait hangs in the ho­tel re­cep­tion. There’s the Pem­broke Restau­rant, the Sev­enty Six on the Mall Bar, Lafayette’s Brasserie and the lux­u­ri­ous Es­cape Spa.

THE NORTH STAR

Newly re­fur­bished, the four-star North Star Ho­tel is con­ve­niently lo­cated in Dublin’s city cen­tre. The prop­erty boasts 235 ex­cep­tional guest rooms and suites, of­fer­ing ev­ery amenity to en­sure a com­fort­able and lux­u­ri­ous stay. As well as a fully equipped car­dio­vas­cu­lar gym and Scan­di­na­vian Sau­nas, the ground oor features an ar­ray of vi­brant din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in­clud­ing McGet­ti­gan’s Cook­house and Bar, all day café The Par­lor, and trendy loft style cock­tail bar The Place. The exclusive Premiere Club Lounge, lo­cated on the 7th oor, boasts spec­tac­u­lar views of Dublin’s sky­line, with com­pli­men­tary re­fresh­ments, news­pa­pers and full wi-fi con­nec­tiv­ity. Guests are in­vited to re­lax there any time of the day or night.

THE RIVER LEE HO­TEL

A smart, stylish ho­tel with spa­cious rooms in Cork’s city cen­tre, this is a pop­u­lar choice for city breaks. St Fin­barr’s Cathe­dral is close to your ac­co­mo­da­tion, as is the Lewis Glucks­man Gallery. Lively pubs, mu­sic venues and restau­rants are a short stroll away. The ho­tel also boasts a 20-me­tre pool, spa and gym.

THE SHELBOURNE

An institutio­n of Dublin life po­si­tioned in the heart of the cap­i­tal, the ve-star Shelbourne

is the per­fect mix of tra­di­tional com­fort and con­tem­po­rary con­ve­nience. It boasts some of the nest din­ing in the cap­i­tal, a lux­u­ri­ous spa and leisure club, and the sort of heav­enly ac­com­mo­da­tion that you’ll never want to leave. And when you man­age to drag your­self out­side the door, you’ll nd your­self right on St. Stephen’s Green, a mere stone’s throw away from all the at­trac­tions and ameni­ties the city has to of­fer.

THE WEST­BURY HO­TEL

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Dublin ho­tels don’t get more cen­tral than The West­bury, an op­u­lent ve-star af­fair over­look­ing Grafton Street’s buzzing shop­ping hub. Among its most fab­u­lous at­trac­tions are The Gallery, a pop­u­lar rst oor meet­ing place for Af­ter­noon Tea; the high-art cui­sine in the Wilde restau­rant; and the 1930s-style glam­our of The Side­car.

BEST FOR COUN­TRY GET­AWAYS FAITHLEGG

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A must for lovers of his­tory and sto­ry­telling, Faithlegg is an 18th cen­tury man­sion which has been beau­ti­fully re­stored. Many of the 66 rooms are named af­ter pre­vi­ous own­ers of the house, and each have their own unique story. Though the beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­ture and his­tor­i­cal as­pects of the house are in­com­pa­ra­ble, their ap­peal is bal­anced with all mod­ern con­ve­niences. There’s a fully equipped leisure cen­tre with swim­ming pool, sauna steam room and jacuzzi, an award­win­ning restau­rant, com­fort­able bar and lounge ar­eas, and a mag­nif­i­cent 18-hole park­land golf course with its own club house and pro shop. Or if you pre­fer a more in­de­pen­dent fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence, there’s also a range of self-cater­ing hol­i­day homes.

INCHY­DONEY IS­LAND LODGE & SPA

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Over­look­ing the At­lantic, sur­rounded by the nat­u­ral beauty of West Cork, Inchy­doney is one of the most spec­tac­u­lar coun­try set­tings you will find on the is­land of Ire­land. Ex­pect ex­cel­lent cui­sine, lux­u­ri­ous ac­co­mo­da­tion and a won­der­ful spa for re­lax­ation. The ho­tel is flanked by two beaches and the charm­ing town of Clon­akilty is close by. En­joy the scenery and know that the at­trac­tions of Cork City are only 30 miles away.

BREAFFY HOUSE HO­TEL

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Breaffy House is one of those ex­tra­or­di­nary places that we are priv­i­leged to have in Ire­land. It started life as a great house, and it car­ries all of that pres­tige and his­tory.

But times change and what had once been an aris­to­cratic haven is now open to Ir­ish peo­ple and vis­i­tors alike to in­dulge them­selves. The ho­tel, which is just ve min­utes from the cen­tre of Castle­bar, is set in fab­u­lous grounds, with 90 acres of wood­land es­tate for vis­i­tors to en­joy. There’s also a spa, with sauna, hot tub and wa­ter therapy, as well as a swim­ming pool and gym. The bed­rooms are light and airy – and a good size. The food in the Mul­berry Restau­rant is ex­cel­lent. And Breaffy Woods Ho­tel is also avail­able, if the main house is full. It is a great place for fam­i­lies or cou­ples look­ing for a ro­man­tic week­end away.

REN­VYLE HOUSE

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A beau­ti­ful his­toric coun­try house ho­tel sit­u­ated in the wild splen­dour of Con­nemara, right on the shores of the At­lantic, the Ren­vyle es­tate cov­ers 150 stun­ning acres of Gal­way soil, which in­clude a pri­vate lake, beach, wood­lands and gar­dens. Sport­ing types will nd plenty to do – golf, ten­nis, swim­ming, boat­ing, y- shing, cro­quet and clay pi­geon shoot­ing to start! – while cre­ative guests will do well to test out the paint­ing breaks.

THE CON­NEMARA COAST

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You’ll nd the award-win­ning Con­nemara Coast just a ten-minute drive from Gal­way City, over­look­ing the spec­tac­u­lar shores of Gal­way Bay. It’s a highly glam­orous old-world ho­tel boast­ing ex­quis­ite restau­rants, cosy bars and sump­tu­ous dé­cor. Panoramic views of the bay make the Con­nemara Coast a hit with loved-up cou­ples and so­lace-seeking sin­gles alike. As well as be­ing one of the few Gal­way City ho­tels with a swim­ming pool and gym, it’s the per­fect start­ing point for walk­ing trails around Spid­dal and Furbo.

BEST FOR TRA­DI­TIONAL CHARM

GHAN HOUSE

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Built in 1727, Ghan House is a real Ge­or­gian gem, and one of the old­est pri­vate houses of its kind in Ire­land, of­fer­ing just 12 bed­rooms in to­tal, four in the main house and eight in the gar­den an­nex a few me­tres away. As Ghan House is also home to a highly-rated cook­ing school, the rus­tic cui­sine in the restau­rant is some­thing spe­cial, mak­ing terri c use of Car­ling­ford’s nat­u­ral re­sources, in­clud­ing herbs from the herb gar­den, shell sh from the lough and moun­tain­reared lamb from nearby Coo­ley.

MARLFIELD HOUSE HO­TEL

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A lav­ish and lux­u­ri­ous coun­try house open since the 1830s, this is a his­tory buff’s dream. It’s a cel­e­brated stately home, steeped in

old world charm. A visit to the restau­rant in the Turner-style con­ser­va­tory, which serves French and Mediter­ranean-in­spired cui­sine, is an ab­so­lute must, as is a stroll around the grounds and lake, home to many dif­fer­ent breeds of duck, geese and black swans. Gol ng enthusiast­s can also en­joy a round at the nearby Cour­town Golf Club.

BEST FOR RE­LAX­ATION DUNBRODY COUN­TRY HOUSE HO­TEL

If you’re look­ing for lux­ury and pampering, you can’t go wrong with this beau­ti­ful ho­tel lo­cated on the south coast’s dra­matic Hook Penin­sula. Ex­pect ne food, stun­ning style and serene spa fa­cil­i­ties all tucked away within the cen­turiesold walls of the beau­ti­ful Ge­or­gian prop­erty. The el­e­ments of tra­di­tional el­e­gance – Ir­ish oak oors, high ceil­ings, twin­kling chan­de­liers and crack­ling turf res – are brought into the 21st cen­tury with the ad­di­tion of all mod­ern ameni­ties, such as wi- , Bose DVD/ CD play­ers, and a chic cham­pagne seafood bar. Mean­while, the Dunbrody spa – lo­cated across the court­yard in an orig­i­nal stone build­ing, and boast­ing a con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior of wood and nat­u­ral stone – will make you feel co­cooned and at ease from the mo­ment you ar­rive. Of­fer­ing a unique gourmet ex­pe­ri­ence along­side its Aro­mather­apy Associates ther­a­pies, you can also avour your spa visit with a new range of de­li­cious del­i­ca­cies de­signed to be taken be­tween treat­ments – talk about the per­fect sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence!

HAR­VEY’S POINT

Im­merse your­self in nat­u­ral beauty when you stay at this lake­side re­treat, close to Done­gal Town. The fam­ily-owned Har­vey’s Point has a su­perb rep­u­ta­tion for their strong sense of Ir­ish hos­pi­tal­ity. There are magni cent beaches close by, golf cour­ses, the home of Magee tweed and some beau­ti­ful coun­try­side to ex­plore. The Oc­tag­o­nal Bar with an open re opens onto Lough Eske and serves food all day.

PARK HO­TEL KENMARE

A supremely deca­dent ho­tel, this is a rm favourite with tness buffs, who ock to Kerry for re­treats in its SÁMAS spa, an 18-hole golf course and the 25-me­tre lap pool. As well as be­ing a Vic­to­rian land­mark, dat­ing from 1897, the ho­tel is well-known as a cen­tre for peace and tran­quil­ity, with al­most each of the 46 bed­rooms hav­ing a full wa­ter view or pri­vate ve­randa.

PARKNASILL­A RE­SORT & SPA

Parknasill­a Re­sort & Spa com­prises 83 lux­u­ri­ous bed­rooms and suites and 62 self­ca­ter­ing lodges and vil­las, mak­ing it per­fect for fam­ily hol­i­days in the Kerry Moun­tains. We rec­om­mend you en­joy a splash in the sea, a leisurely bike ride or a round of golf, be­fore rest­ing in the serene Spa and Leisure Cen­tre. And to top it all off, you can en­joy a gourmet din­ner in the Pyg­malion Restau­rant. The ho­tel was a favourite of play­wright Ge­orge Bernard Shaw (hence the Pyg­malion ref­er­ence), who dubbed it “a place of long sea views and in­tri­cate walks be­tween ferns and fuch­sias”. POW­ER­SCOURT HO­TEL RE­SORT & SPA

An im­pos­si­bly grand, pic­ture-per­fect

lo­ca­tion, Pow­er­scourt is one of the most pres­ti­gious places to stay in Ire­land. Ev­ery­thing is geared to­wards to­tal re­lax­ation, with the re­sort an es­cape for ur­ban­i­ties, nestling in the Wick­low coun­try­side. En­joy spec­tac­u­lar views to­wards the Sugar Loaf Moun­tain as you re­lax in stylish rooms be­decked in chan­de­liers and works of art. Mod­ern Ir­ish cook­ing makes din­ing a high point of your stay.

SEAFIELD HO­TEL & SPA RE­SORT

Set on 160 acres of tran­quil park­land, just an hour from Dublin on the sands of Bal­ly­money shore, Sea eld Ho­tel & Spa Re­sort is one of the most stylish places in Ire­land to lay your head, thanks to Ital­ian ar­chi­tect Francesco Beia, who took in­spi­ra­tion from the stun­ning Bal­ly­money land­scape to cre­ate the ho­tel’s con­tem­po­rary dé­cor. As well as lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion, ex­pect ne din­ing in the Green­room Restau­rant, as well as an ex­quis­ite Oceo Spa.

Ab­so­lute Ho­tel, Lim­er­ick

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